It’s Literally Wednesday: The AJC Decatur Book Festival EditionDave | August 28, 2013
It’s that time of year again!
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The youngest, and only surviving speaker at that historic event, will be delivering the Keynote Address on Friday. If you were lucky enough to secure tickets to hear Congressman John Lewis, author of March, then you’ll be off to a great start.
Tickets to the Kidnote Address, featuring the great Tomie dePaola, are still available however, but running out fast.
New this year will be art | DBF, the Civil and Human Rights Track (among others), Books as Art, and two stages at the beautifully remodeled Decatur Recreation Center.
The AJC came up with a list of “10 Events Worth Bookmarking.” I do not have a single objection, and am particularly excited about Jason Mott.
I may have a bias, but there is a truly great list of authors and illustrators coming to the Children’s and Teen Stages, as well as some special events elsewhere (including Martin Luther King, III). Fans of kids and YA literature should be thrilled. You can find more information here.
As co-owner of Little Shop of Stories, I’ll be working all weekend (and looking for Waldo). Living the fantasy of a free range book lover, here is a sample schedule of just some of the very many events I’d like to see besides kids and teens and those listed by the AJC:
10am: Richard Besser
11:15am: Amanda Ripley and Christine Gross-Loh
1pm: Peter Kaminsky (bacon!)
1:45pm: Chuck Leavell
3pm: Sheri Joseph and Susanna Daniel
4:15pm: Lily Koppel
12pm: Theresa Davis, Kodak Harrison, and Collin Kelley
1:15pm: Alysia Abbott
2:30pm: Yangsze Choo and Charlie Lovett
3:45pm: Rob Weintraub (the man is a walking baseball encyclopedia)
5pm: Ward Briggs and Bronwen Dickey